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post #1 of 11 Old 07-05-2009, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Can I collect my own Driftwood

Hello I live on Lake Erie and was just wondering if I can collect my own driftwood on the beach and use it in a tank. They are already waterlogged but I was wondering if it is viable to use.
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-06-2009, 11:09 AM
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It depends on the tree it came from.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-07-2009, 02:06 PM
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like fishikd said. you don't want to use pine,evergreen,ceder.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-07-2009, 10:32 PM
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I've done it.. and it worked for me! but yeah make sure its not like from a cedar or pine tree... if the edges are smooth and looks like its been through some wear and tear ... try it!
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-08-2009, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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I'm gunna try it out. So thanks everyone.
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-08-2009, 11:19 AM
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I'd make sure you boil it before putting it into your tank, in order to kill any "nasties" that may be living on it or inside of it.

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-12-2009, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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okay i will make sure to boil it.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-13-2009, 02:06 PM
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I just boiled my driftwood that I found. I'm putting it in pretty shortly
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-30-2009, 05:33 PM
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why can't it be from certian tree's?
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-31-2009, 08:26 AM
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certain wood can and will leech resins and or sap into your water.................Depending on the wood and what it leeches into the water, it can kill your fish.........Also, some wood will rot at different rates..........
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